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Life in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA



Quincy Hat

I went and made myself a hat!

Pattern: Quincy by Jared Flood (aka Brooklyn Tweed)
Yarn: Classic Elite Ariosa
Raveled here.

I’m calling this hat “Mood Lifter.” I bought the yarn last Friday after a terrible, rotten, no-good day. It was my first yarn purchase for myself in, ummmmmm, over a year…

The yarn itself is a lovely, lofty, single-ply, barely-spun merino and cashmere blend. It was lovely to work with, and the hat is light and warm – I can barely feel it on my head.

The pattern was well-written, easy to follow and interesting enough that I looked forward to finishing but simple enough that I could work on it while watching teevee or enjoying a beer/glass of wine/cocktail.  That being said, there are a few errors in the final product: they stem directly from my strong dislike of Kitchener stitch and my *ahem* inability to count.

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The Never-Ending Project

Opera Stole

I just don’t know what to do with this project.  I love the yarn, I think I’m really going to love the FO but I’m bored with it.  I’m 54 inches (un-blocked) into it and I’m ready to quit.  I know that blocking will open the stitches A LOT, adding length (yay!) and width BUT if I quit now it’ll be too short.  I have a lot of yarn left, I like a long scarf/stole and I know that I should jus keep going.  The problem? <whine>I just don’t waaaaaaant to!</whine>

The qiviuk is calling…


I can’t believe that last week at this time…

…I was getting ready to go to the first day of RHINEBECK!  This week, though short, has been awfully long.

My motto this year – go big or go home.  See, I went to Rhinebeck after having been on a yarn diet since SPA in February.  I have a big stash and I’m a slow knitter so I need to knit before I buy.  I know that yarn diets are supposed to be these terrible things, but mine wasn’t too bad – I honestly wasn’t tempted much during the last eight months and only broke the diet twice – once to buy some alpaca in March and once, just a few weeks ago, to buy some Malabrigo lace.  I didn’t feel “bad” about either of these purchases or about breaking my diet – I am not the type of person who places value judgements on things like shopping – I pay my bills, I save, I’m not particularly spendthrift so if I have the money and I want something, well, I buy it.

That was where I was at when I headed out to NY for the weekend – I had a nice amount of money to spend (my savings at work!) but nothing I really needed to buy.  So I decided that I was just going to buy something really fancy – something I probably wouldn’t buy on a regular trip to my LYS.  Maybe some cashmere, maybe some silk, maybe some qiviuk…  Guess what won?
Day 268 - Saturday, October 18th 2008 - My motto this year? Go big or go home.

Yes, the qiviuk!  I love it and can’t wait to start knitting with it!  I’ve been knitting like a fiend on my current WIP because I want to finish. it. up. and move on to the fancy.  I have 654 yards and I think it’ll become a longer Alhambra.

The festival was, as always, a lovely time filled with good friends, gorgeous yarn,

cute animals,
Day 269 - Sunday, October 19th 2008

I love the sheep dog contests!

'Paca Parade

lots of good food and beer – but, alas, I did not get a picture of the best food of all – maple cotton candy,
Just a little something light to start our day...
Our outrageous breakfast at the Eveready Diner.

Katy's FO!
Beer + Baby Knits = How we roll.

a fun Ravelry party (with even more beer!),
By the fire at the party.

And we have a winner!
We have a winner!

and that blissed out feeling that only a good sheep and wool festival can provide.
This is your friends on yarn...

The first purchase of the weekend...

The only dark spot on the entire weekend – no fried pickles or fried garlic.  Oh, well there’s always next year – plans are already in the works – yipiee!

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Interesting things I’ve read in the past 24 hours…*

Yesterday was a very exciting day!  Why?  Knitting Nature arrived.
Day 215 - Tuesday, August 26th 2008 - Deadline?  What deadline?

Sometime this weekend, as I was stuck on the couch with a back spasm (boo!), I fell head over heels in love with Norah Gaughan.  I was Raveling away and I came across all of these gorgeous patterns so I did what any sane person would do – I hopped on Amazon and ordered her book, Knitting Nature (I also may have run to The Woolpack to get Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol. 1 and later regretted it because it certainly didn’t help matters with my back *ahem*). Continue reading